Banana tree behind the mission office. See how the bananas come out of the purple pods and have blossoms on their ends.
Sister Lauritzen is standing in front of a cotton tree behind the Belliar Park Chapel. The tree is probably over two hundred years old. It produces "cotton" which is carded, spun and woven.
Elder Lauritzen at the base of the cotton tree.
These three tanks feed the three levels of the Belliar Park chapel.
Elder Lauritzen and Brother Charles (Seminary and Institude Director for Sierra Leone) in front of the mission office.
Belliar Park Chapel next to the mission office.
The central front area inside the mission compound.
Mission Office Elders' Apartment. These buildings are old colonial structures. The interior is very spartan ... painted concrete floors and walls.
Brother Johnson ... Freetown District Young Mens' President
Elder Lauritzen entering the mission home. This is about five miles up the mountain from the mission office. The president and his wife have the upstairs and the Lauritzens and the Randalls are in separate apartments downstairs.
Elder Lauritzen by the generator house at the mission office. When the government electricity goes off we have to go in and start the diesel generators.
Sister Lauritzen by the Belliar Park baptismal font. After a baptism the elders empty the font with buckets and dump the water back into the storage tanks.
We finally got the new well pump. The breaker is the on/off switch. At least there is a circuit breaker. Most everything here has no separate breaker.
More African flowers.
Hassan is one of our mission home compound guards. Every once in a while we pay him to wash our car. He uses rain water he catches in a garbage can.
The only electricity we have at the mission home comes from two diesel generators in this cage in our compound.
This is the mission vehicle assigned to us. It's parked next to our mission home apartment.